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Fitz delivers high-five performance

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — High-five for the Fifth Annual Fitz’s Supper Club at Morton’s in Scottsdale. It was a terrific event on Monday August 26, where a lot of good people supported and enjoyed a powerful evening with the Fitzgerald family and friends. The Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. teamed with Morton’s presents Fitz’s Supper Club Celebrities at your service. It was fun, entertaining and emotional. Mike Phillips delivered a wonderful, jazzy, musical

opening performance. Continue Reading →

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This year’s Cancer Summit to focus on racial disparities

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

The 2013 “Cancer Disparities Summit: Working Together to Find Solutions” will be held June 19-20 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. The aim of the summit is to provide attendees with knowledge about disparities existing in cancer screening, treatment and mortality, as well as to educate participants about ways in which they can improve cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. In addition, attendees will learn more about strategies aimed at addressing cancer disparities within communities across Minnesota, and lastly, to understand how they can participate in a variety of initiatives aimed at reducing cancer disparities throughout the state. Invited guests include medical/public health professionals, community-based organizations, researchers and students. Finding out about access to high-quality health care and social-support options will no doubt be topics of interest at the summit. Continue Reading →

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Support group offers information and understanding to Black women with breast cancer


By Vickie Evans-Nash



The African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA) was started in October of 1990 by a group of women who had been affected by or diagnosed with breast cancer. This year they will celebrate 22 years of African American women in the Twin Cities who have supported each other in facing and surviving breast cancer. “At the time that we met, [each of us] thought that we were probably one of the only Black women in the Twin Cities that had breast cancer,” says Reona Berry, founding member and executive director of AABCA. “We didn’t know about other women with breast cancer that were African Americans.”

They met to discuss issues and barriers that kept Black women uninformed about breast cancer. Many in the Black community prior to the 1990s saw breast cancer as a White woman’s disease, Berry explains, and it was a topic most people avoided talking about. Continue Reading →

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Fitzgerald second-fastest ever to 10,000 yards



PHOENIX — Two teams off to good solid starts and looking to bounce back after tough losses, the 4-2 Vikings and the 4-2 Cardinals, meet Sunday at Mall of America Field. The losses: Washington 38-Vikings 26 and Buffalo 19-Arizona 16 in overtime. The Cardinals started 4-0 and have lost two straight. The Vikings and Cardinals are meeting for the second-straight year at the Metrodome. Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. last Sunday had six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Continue Reading →

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Breast cancer advocate tells of personal struggles


By Debra J. Stone

Contributing Writer


Reona Berry is a petite, quiet-spoken woman. She is a 22-year breast cancer survivor and one of the founding members, past president, as well as the executive director of the African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc. (AABCA). AABCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and provide an emotional and social support system for African American women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their supporters, assisting them in their breast cancer journey. During an interview with the MSR, Berry’s (RB) compelling personal story revealed how she became one of Minnesota’s strongest advocates for African American women, men and families in education and support for the fight against breast cancer.  

MSR: Tell us about your experience with breast cancer. Continue Reading →

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